Month: March 2012

Product of the Week

This week’s pick is Limegreen‘s Hard Surface Spray:

Photo Credit: Limegreen

  • Made with only 4 ingredients: Deionized Water, Infused Distilled Vinegar, Organic Olive Castile Soap (made by Limegreen also) & Essential Oils
  • Perfect choice for a home with babies
  • Disinfects over 99% of bacteria
  • The Sunflower option has a delightful scent of citrus
  • You couldn’t ask for a safer cleaning product!

Healthier Options – Mascara

When it comes to switching to beauty products that are better for our health, I think deodorant and makeup are often at the bottom of the list when it comes to “going natural”. Deodorant because the ideas of sweating and/or not smelling pleasant aren’t appealing (but I swear there are excellent natural options out there — see previous post: Best Natural Deodorant) and makeup because women are skeptical of the quality and performance of the natural versions.

Well I was skeptical myself, but I’m happy to say that I have found natural versions of every piece of makeup that I would recommend to my readers. Today’s focus for a healthy switch is mascara.  Here are some options that are better for you yet still as effective as you would hope:

Mineral Fusion Lengthening Mascara — This is a great pick for making lashes dark and thick. It really feels like it’s nourishing your lashes with each stroke. This one is free of gluten, parabens, artificial colors, fragrances and talc.  It’s also hypo-allergenic. Costs around $14.99.

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Organic wear® 100% Natural Lash Boosting Mascara –100% of the ingredients are of natural origin and 44% are from organic farming.  I love this one because it goes on really easily and doesn’t clump. It’s great at separating lashes and adding length. It usually retails for around $9.95 and you can even find it at CVS!

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Product of the Week

This week’s pick is So Delicious Passionate Mango Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert. I’m not a daily dessert eater, but this is the kind of treat that I could see having on a nightly basis. It’s sooo tasty and definitely on the healthier side.

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  • dairy free yet super creamy
  • intense mango flavor – if you love mango, this dessert is for you!
  • high in fiber
  • sweetened with organic agave syrup
  • gluten-free
  • vegan-friendly
  • so, so delicious!

Let me know if you’ve had this one already or if you give it a try!

Spring Flowers

Happy 1st day of spring everyone! Can you believe it’s spring already?! All of the flowering trees and warm weather in DC are making it easy to believe that winter has definitely ended (and was barely ever here this year).
Photo Credit: Dylan T Price

Hope you enjoy the day!

Natural Therapy for Common Health Concerns

My father-in-law sent me this article from Yahoo Health this morning and I think it’s really worth sharing — Natural Alternatives to the Top 5 Most Prescribed Drug. It talks about some highly effective natural treatments for the following ailments:

  1. Pain
  2. High Cholesterol
  3. High Blood Pressure
  4. Hypothyroidism
  5. Acid Reflux

{Slippery Elm lozenges* like these from Thayers are often used to calm a sore throat, but can also help soothe acid reflux and indigestion}

Read the full article here:  Natural Alternatives to the Top 5 Most Prescribed Drugs

 

*As with all natural remedies, always check with your doctor first if you are pregnant/nursing.

Product of the Week

Have you tried anything by Love & Toast yet? I’m especially loving their hand cream right now.

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  • super rich & therapeutic
  • uplifting scents like Gin Blossom, Mandarin Tea, Paper Flower and Sugar Grapefruit
  • such fun & happy packaging
  • reasonable price for the quality ($9 each)

Bring Out the Blonde

For those of you who are somewhat blonde to begin with, here’s a natural way to bring out the blonde even more:

  • Make a strong cup of chamomile tea and let it cool
  • After washing your hair and while your hair is still wet, pour the tea all over your hair
  • Then blow dry or let your hair dry naturally (I suggest blow drying because the heat helps bring out the highlights more)

I do this every so often and I definitely notice a subtle difference each time. Let me know if you give it a try!

 

Product of the Week

This is the start of a new series – Product of the Week – where I’ll highlight one of my latest favorite healthy products. Please let me know if you have any specific category requests!

Today’s pick is a face mask by Naturopathica. Naturopathica, founded by a clinical esthetician and herbalist, has quickly become one of my go-to lines for beauty products, especially face masks.

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The Aloe Replenishment Gel has two desert succulents as its main ingredients – aloe and prickly pear cactus.  I love that this mask goes on clear (just like aloe) and I found it gentle enough to leave on overnight.  It’s a perfect choice for anyone who experiences redness, dryness and/or breakouts. It’s also great for unproblematic skin types who just want a healthy boost.  To make this mask even more calming, try storing it in the fridge.  An interesting fact – 88% of the ingredients in this mask are derived from organic farming!

 

Start Your Morning Off Icy Cold

I know the title of this post doesn’t sound pleasant, but I strongly predict this habit will quickly grow on you.

The habit I’m referring to is very quick and very easy — I start every single morning by splashing my face with ice-cold water about three times. So simple yet it makes a noticeable difference in terms of my alertness as well as the quality of my skin. The cold water is excellent for reducing puffiness, closing pores and getting the blood circulating, which all equate to a more radiant complexion.

Will you give this a try or maybe you already share this morning ritual with me?

(If ice-cold water is too much for you to handle, then try using cool)

New Beauty Regimen

As you all know, I am constantly trying out new beauty products — some aren’t for everyday use (like face masks), others are too pricey so I don’t re-buy unless I think they are really worth it, and then some are just not awesome enough for a second chance.

Today, I wanted to share what I’m currently using on a daily basis. It’s my latest and possibly my favorite beauty regimen to date. Here are the very natural, multipurpose, and affordable products I would highly recommend:

  • Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Liquid Soap – My new daily face wash. It gets rid of dead skin like no other, but doesn’t over-dry or irritate my sensitive skin. It’s powerful stuff so they recommend diluting it, but to be honest – I don’t! I use just 2-3 pure drops, put it directly on my skin, and wash it off quickly. If you google a bit, a lot of people have found this to be extremely helpful for acne. Added bonus – this soap literally has at least 17 other uses. I think I have finally found a face wash that I will use for life. ($6.39 for 8 oz)

  • Baking Soda – Combine about teaspoon with a little water in your hand and you have yourself a incredibly cheap and effective yet gentel facial scrub.  I use this 1 – 2 times per week. ($1 for 16 oz)

  • Heritage’s Rose Petals Rosewater - A perfect facial toner for all skin types, but especially sensitive or mature. It’s so simple yet so luxurious – it smells like pure roses! Naturally loaded with vitamin C, it aids in collagen production. I put a little on a cotton ball and use it on my entire face and neck after I get out of the shower. ($5.49 for 4 oz)

  • derma e® Hyaluronic Acid Serum – I am LOVING this as my daytime moisturizer. My skin absorbs it so well and it has such a nice light scent of plumeria. The hyaluronic acid draws in moisture plumping skin and reducing the signs of aging. It’s oil-free making it a great choice for those who are blemish-prone or just don’t like a heavy moisturizer. ($29.50 or less for 2 fl oz)

  • Egyptian Magic – A friend told me how she was using it around her eyes (to prevent lines) so I decided to give it a try. This all purpose balm has some of the most therapeutic natural ingredients around. When I occasionally get eczema on my hand, it clears it up within an hour or two. If used only as an eye cream, a little goes a long way so then the price becomes incredibly reasonable for the size ($37.20 for 4 oz ).

  • Desert Essence Blemish Touch Stick - With a roller ball applicator, this all natural blemish treatment is so quick and easy to apply. I love that it goes on clear, unlike many blemish treatments. Also, studies have shown tea tree oil to be as effective as benzyl peroxide for treating pimples! ($6.59 for .33 fl oz)

  • Aloe Vera Gelly by Lily of the Desert – I use this as my night cream becomes I am so sick of products (natural and not quite so natural) clogging my pores. This cooling gel leaves skin noticeably nourished and calmer by morning. It’s an excellent choice in general if you’re prone to redness/irritation.  ($4.59 for 4 oz)

Do you have a beauty regimen? I would love to hear what it is!